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Janel Meilani Parrish (born October 30, 1988) is an American actress, singer, Broadway performer, songwriter and pianist. She is best known for playing Jade in the 2007 film Bratz: The Movie, and a recurring role on the NBC TV series Heroes as the character May. Parrish was cast as Mona Vanderwaal in the TV series Pretty Little Liars based on the book series by Sara Shepard.
Parrish was born on Oahu, Hawaii, to Mark Parrish, who is of European-American descent, and Joanne, who is of Han Chinese ancestry.
Parrish first achieved fame in Hawaii as the winner of local talent contests. She got her start as a professional entertainer when she was cast as “Young Cosette” in the National Touring Company of Les Misérables, and later portrayed “Young Cosette” in the Broadway production as well; the role showcased both her acting and singing abilities.
Janel began playing piano at age six. At age 14, on January 3, 2003, she appeared on the 2003 remake of Star Search, performing the song “On My Own”. The judges were Naomi Judd, Ben Stein, Carol Leifer, and Jack Osbourne. Stein commented that she had a “lot of talent, but not quite up to the top rank”, giving her four stars, along with Osbourne who simply called her performance “good” and also gave her four stars. Leifer remarked that she had a “great Broadway voice” giving her three stars. Finally, Judd was the least generous, stating “You have a future in musicals, but you have some work to do. You’ve got some practicing to do” and giving her two stars. Janel was eliminated after this performance in favor of competitor Tiffany Evans who received a perfect five stars from all four judges.
In 2007, she was signed to Geffen Records to produce her first album. Her first single, “Rainy Day”, one that she has written, along with its music video, was featured on the Bratz Motion Picture Soundtrack. She also makes a brief appearance in Prima J’s “Rockstar” music video, which is also on the soundtrack. She also made an appearance in NLT’s “She Said, I Said” music video.
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